I have been reading in Progressive leaning blogs about a homeless woman who was arrested after attending a job interview for child abuse. Apparently, she left her children, 2 years-old and 6 months, locked in her car (in Arizona) for at least 45 minutes while she interviewed. The spin being added to the story is the lack of available childcare. What else was she supposed to do? It’s a problem with the system, right?
It’s not that I don’t empathize or have compassion. But I tend to look at things from a raw data perspective. By and large people are homeless because of a long string of poor life decisions. Drugs, alcohol, crime, dropping out of school, poor work performance, and many other things. Most of us could find a place to stay if we found ourselves in need of a roof over our head. This implies that they’ve screwed over their family and friends to the point where they are no longer welcome in their home. This isn’t the case in every situation, but for the vast majority of cases, I think it rings true.
If this was a well-to-do middle class mother who left her children in the car under the hot Arizona sun, the narrative would be much different. She’d be a selfish monster who doesn’t deserve to have kids. She deserves to be in jail, how dare she be so cruel? But this case is different. This mother was struggling, so she’s the real victim.
The double standard when it comes to situations like this is disappointing. Has anyone asked what would happen to the kids if their mother got the job? Would they be locked in the car for 8 hours a day? What was the plan?